Written by a contributing writer
Sometimes, you only need to look at a person’s skin to be able to tell how they’re feeling. Our skin says a lot about us and there isn’t a woman alive who doesn’t wish for glowing, beautiful skin every day. When you look in the mirror and see your skin in a great condition, it’s a massive confidence booster. Having clear and smooth skin also makes it easier to apply makeup. There are lots of things that can affect the way your skin looks. Here are ten things you need to keep in mind when you’re rooting for clear skin.
We’re told to stay hydrated throughout the day over and over again, but it’s often a simple suggestion that many of us ignore. Being thirsty is one of the first signs of dehydration, so if you get to that point at any time during the day, you may have already done your skin damage. Your skin is one of the first places in your body to lose moisture during dehydration, so if you’re finding that your skin is particularly dry, you may need to be drinking more. Once you’ve replaced the moisture over time, you’ll find that your skin stays smoother for longer.
It’s true when they say, you are what you eat. If your skin looks dull and patchy, you may need to alter your diet. If you’re eating processed meals every day, it’s time to pick up the recipe book and have a go at making home cooked meals with organic ingredients. You can learn about food safety and preparation with a few online searches if you aren’t used to cooking for yourself. It’s also important to have a lot of foods that are rich in antioxidants, like berries, grapes, and pomegranates.
One of the best ways to make sure you’re getting the fruits and vegetables you need to maintain healthy skin is to eat the rainbow. Having a variety of different colored fruit and vegetables in your diet means you can be sure you’re getting a good range of vitamins. However, who has the time to sit down and eat a plate full of rainbow colored food every day? So, the easiest way to make it convenient for yourself is to throw it all in a smoothie. You can do it before you go to work every day and sit at your desk sipping your smoothie as you work. You’ll also find it will make you more alert and give you a good energy boost to get through the day.
Avoid Too Much Sun
We all need some time in the sun every day to ensure we’ve got a healthy dose of vitamin D in our bodies. But, too much sun and you may risk damaging your skin. The sun can make skin prematurely age with sun spots and wrinkles. If you are spending time in the sun, make sure you use a high-level sunscreen and nourishing lotion in the evening to protect your skin and lock in the moisture.
Beware of Chemicals
Do you know what chemicals are present in the products you use on your skin? Whether it’s makeup, fake tan, shower gel, or even cleaning products for domestic use, you’re constantly placing products on your skin throughout the day. Skin is quick to absorb anything that touches it, so it’s important you know the ingredients of the products you’re using. If you find that you’re not happy with what your products contain, consider switching to natural products instead. You can buy natural makeup and you can even make homemade surface cleaners with essential oils and white vinegar.
We’re so used to indoor pollution that we barely notice it anymore. There may be bleach in your bathroom, cleaning products on your floor, emissions from your machines or fireplaces. There’s often more pollution inside than there is outside. So, to counteract all of that, it’s a good idea to have some indoor plants. Plants encourage oxygen circulation so your home plants could act as a natural air filter.
You’ve probably already heard that collagen can make the skin look naturally youthful and supple. However, many people don’t know that long-time exposure to vitamin C can help the body to produce eight times the normal amount of natural collagen. So, stock up on oranges, lemons, and limes. A good dose of vitamin C will also boost your immune system which saves your body from getting ill and your skin from losing its color.
Want to be able to look in the mirror and see a fresh, glowing face? It’s time to cut out the sugar or at least lower your sugar intake at least a little. Sugar will rob your skin of everything it needs to stay as youthful as possible for as long as possible. This includes the body’s natural collagen and elastin. Studies have also found that the less sugar in a woman’s diet, the less likely she is to produce facial wrinkles earlier in life.
We carry stress throughout our entire bodies, including our skin. When you’re going through a particularly stressful time, it may be written all over your skin. To ensure your stress doesn’t lead to acne or dry skin patches, it’s important you find ways of releasing it. For you, this may be exercise, painting, time off work, reading, or many other pastimes that can lead to stress relief. Doing something you enjoy will help you to clear your mind and focus on other things.
During your sleep cycles, your skin has a chance to repair itself and rejuvenate. If you aren’t giving your body the opportunity to sleep for long enough, you may be robbing your skin of the chance to naturally heal itself. If you’re finding it difficult to sleep, you may be riddled with discoloration and black circles that get you down. Ask around for some good tips to encourage sleep, so you don’t miss out on what your body needs.
*This post is not meant to give medical advice. Please consult a medical/health professional with any concerns.